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recent issues happening in the arts commission. many of us have been concerned about the situation, and we hope that there are changes to how the arts commission is managing itself to move that forward. but this is not legislation about whether or not we helping the arts commission or not. this is really legislation about the requirement of developers of using 1% of their project costs to spend on cards. right now, the law says that that money needs to be spent on on-site art, usually in the lobby way of these public buildings. this legislation is about loosening those requirements so that money can be spent on community-based art programs within the city, project early in the downtown area. i just want to clarify that and look forward to the conversation we will have about this in about four years. supervisor mar: thank you continued. we have had a request to call item number 3 had an item number two. can we do that without objection, colleagues?
thank you. >> item number 3, ordinance amending the planning code and zoning map to allow patients to medical care clinics into a parcels in the special use district and add them to the india basin special use district. >> we have a presentation for mr. matt snider. i am sorry. the sponsor is supervisor cohen. supervisor cohen: i want to talk about what we're dealing with here. the item today is a rezoning of the percival -- a parcel, 3450, on 3rd street, about a medical license use in excess of 5000 square feet. this is needed to facilitate the location of the center for youth will listen to all prevention center. this partnership which you'll hear about shortly is unique in that it centralizes the private and public agencies responsible for responding to a childhood trauma and the help impacts
associated with it in order to ensure that our cities children have the conference of treatment. i have heard some concerns from many of the neighbors around this particular parcel, most dealing with the compatibility with the pdr-2 zoning. it permits social services, like the one that will be in use. it is proposed up to 5000 square feet. but after speaking with a number of community members, as well as our partners at the port, we, along with the project sponsor, have agreed to amend this to actually reduce the square footage of this proposed pact project, from 7000 -- reduced to 7000 square feet. a provided copies of this changed legislation. i feel it is a pretty good
compromise given the compatibility for other surrounding uses a around this parcel. a number of speakers will speak today to give light on this issue. we have matt snyder from the planning department. then joe robinson, director of community and behavioral sciences at the department of public health. then we will hear from a doctor from the center of youth will this, as well as a member of the child abuse prevention center. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am from planning department staff. as supervisor cohen mentioned, she introduced this for the location of the center youth and wellness and san francisco convention center. the legislation was forwarded to
the planning department, and the commission for did you. it was heard on december 13. the planning commission unanimously approved the changes before forwarding it on it to you. i will walk through exactly what this is and how things are changing on the ground. currently, we're at the northern portion of the bayview community. pdr districts generally are within the general northern area of the bayview. along third street, as you leave the bayview community and across fourth street, there two special use district on the western side, there is a design and development special use district. this was put in place in 2008 when we did the initial pdr zoning to allow some more office uses, uses beyond what is generally permitted in pdr, given the third street location. on the other side of the street,
the eastern side, you had the india basin industrial park special use district. for those parcels that face third street, the special use district does a very similar thing. it opens up the uses to not just pdr, but community-related retail and small office uses. their proposal before us was to avenge the map and the planning code so the subject parcel, the most further north parcel on the western side, switch it from design and development special use district to the india basin industrial park special use district. and to make one small change in the text of the special use district. s supervisor cohen mentioned, it was originally for medical clinic used, proposed that 15,000, but they negotiated down to 7000 square feet.
we have looked at with the similarities are between the two special used districts. we thought that these were similar enough that it made very little difference whether it was in the india basin or the design and develop a special use district. and the nature of the parcels as well. the special use districts did try to do something similar and open abuses beyond the pdr along third street, so we think the legislation is appropriate. and made such a recommendation to the planning commission. the planning commission agreed and unanimously approved the proposal before forwarding it on to you. this concludes my presentation, and i would be happy to answer any questions you might have. >> i am here for community help
services. i am the medical director for community behavioral services. i am here in support of the project. we thought the organizers of the project have been extremely collaborative and thoughtful for this area. said the department of public health and and community help are in favor of the project. thank you. supervisor mar: it is and industrial area, a clinic for youth and families. i am wondering, are there dangers of particulate matter or any other dangers in an industrial area for a facility like this? >> i think we need to explore the area more. i do not know the specifics, but i think that is something that needs to come up in the process. but the location is important for family access.
supervisor cohen: when you make your comments, can you address one thing, the helalth node and the undesirable in the uprising this facility inside the health node? and can you tell me how many pieces of property you looked at? >> it would be my pleasure to comment on that. my name is dr. nadine burke harris, founding position of the cpuc bayview help center. it was not until august of last year, the medical director. that i am here in my role as the ceo of the center for youth wellness. the reason i transitioned out of my previous role and into this role is based on the experiences that i have had in caring for children of the bayview-hunters point community for the past five years.
in have done a wonderful job at the clinic in reducing hospitalizations and improving immunization rates for the kids in the community. in my experience, the number one health threat to kids in the community is exposure to violence and trauma. there is a tremendous amount of research that has emerged over the last 20 years to demonstrate that these exposures are damaging to children, not only in terms of the things that you would expect in that we know about, in terms of the risks for learning problems, behavior problems, mental health problems, but it turns out that the data shows that these exposures increase our kids risks to heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hepatitis, to depression commit to becoming i.v. drug users,
etc., significantly. the american academy of pediatrics, in december 2011, came out with a recommendation about children's exposure to toxic stress. the issue is, what to do about it? that is with the center for youth all this in the south advocacy center has come together to try to create, a first of its kind, first in the nation center to address this issue for the kids, particularly for the kids of this community. in the process, we have brought together the best and brightest. and we have partnered with the city government in the city's effort to develop a child advocacy center, as well as the cpmc bayview child health center, which has been doing this work with our kids for the past five years. as we, together, went and looked
at where we were going to locate this new center, we looked at over 20 spaces in bayview. seven of those spaces were in the health node. we were looking at the size, obviously, something that accommodate all of the different services. and of course, whether or not it was economically feasible within our budget. there were certainly spaces that would have been more desirable of what we would like, but it did not accommodate either the size of our budget. we also said down and talk with folks at the department of public health about trying to locate a part of the southeast health center redevelopment. we have specific constraints in our funding, thanks to the generous support of the community that raised $4.2
million for this effort. but we have to have our doors open by the end of this year. that was a constraint that there donor put on this funding, or else their donors would not deliver the check. so as we met with folks from southeast health center, there recognized that there were not in a stage of planning where we would be able to do this at the same time, so we got the blessings, go ahead. these are compatible uses, and it is actually great for us to have, both along the third street corridor, and even though we're not in the health node, we receive support and blessings from dph to move forward with our project. this center represents the answer to a tremendous community need. if there is one thing i could say, it is that my experience in working with the committee, the
thing that keeps things from happening, particularly in baby- hunters point, or that when obstacles come up, it is so hard to move past them. it is so hard to come up with solutions, particularly because the children that we're advocating for the not have any -- we're not making money. this is not a money-making center. they do not have anyone else to advocate for them. so this, for us, is part of the process of making sure that this community does not remain one of san francisco's most underserved communities. so i encourage you to support this legislation. thank you. supervisor cohen: thank you. >> honorable supervisors. thank you so much for hearing
this matter today. musri the executive director of the san francisco child abuse prevention center and a partner in developing the center for use wellness in the children's advocacy center of san francisco, which will be operated by the san francisco shot prevention center. i know you have received many letters of support and information about this matter. we have some additional information that i would like to provide to you today. i am here today in strong and enthusiastic support of supervisor cohen's legislation which will allow our community to create the first-ever center for youth wellness and children's advocacy center. this partnership will help thousands of children across the city for generations to come. as you heard from the dean, our dream is that san francisco will ensure that kids across the city will stop being victims of violence in their homes in on their streets. this is a dream that dr. moses
grossman, a pediatrician at general hospital, had nearly 40 years ago when he founded the child abuse council and in the san francisco etch out abuse prevention center. today, the dean and i, along with a dedicated team of public and private partners, many of whom are here today, are building a center to provide services for the safety, health, and will this for our cities children and their families. many folks are here today. they're not going to all speak. but i would like to see they can stand up to show our support? thank you. our dream, our hope, is to locate these services on 34 53rd street. at this location, we will provide a cover the spectrum of services to help kids, specifically the children's advocacy center, working with the city and county of san francisco to provide for an takoma investigation, an acute response in the case of a child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and exposure to domestic violence.
every major city in america and a sister jurisdictions just across the bay, have a children's advocacy center, except san francisco. it is like not having a fire department. integrated with the children's advocacy center is the center for youth the wellness that will provide a list it will miss services, including mental health, community education, and advocacy. and the bayview child health center will continue to provide pediatric clinics for the bayview community. together, we truly are creating a one-stop shop to protect children's safety, justice, and welfare. we have many partners working together to make this a reality. lisa, a longtime advocate for our cities most vulnerable children, here in san francisco and throughout the country, the attorney general, along with our institutional partners, tipping point community, cpsc, and the baby child health center.
the early life stress program, and the city and county of san francisco and its agencies, specifically ksar, general hospital, city attorney's office, the permit a public health, district attorneys of his, human services agency, police department, along with ucsf. thank you to these dinners supporters and friends, and as the dean said, we have community commitment to open our doors by the end of the year. i want to touch on one thing that the supervisor asked about dph's understanding, and as the doctor spoke about that commitment, we have been in long-term conversations with director barbara garcia. there is a letter in your packet on this support, which specifically addresses not only this particular use but is particular use at this particular location. supervisor cohen, thank you so much for your leadership in championing this legislation. we fully support and agree with
your modification of reducing it to 7000 square feet. the entire land use committee, i respectfully urge you to approve this legislation and help us all fulfil a dream for children. thank you all very much. supervisor cohen: thank you. supervisor mar: the compromise from moving from 15,000 square feet to 7000 square feet, how does that impact the project itself? that is less than half of the square footage that was originally asked. >> the building that we're currently renting, the entire project will be 22,000 square feet. i have legal counsel here for more specifics. but the use for medical institutions concerned with in that building under 7000 square feet, so it does not negatively impact our project, but it meets community concern to create
intensification of use in that area to ensure that future uses are compatible with the neighboring community. >> and i want to add that this compromise came from concerns from neighbors from india basin. there were concerned it was too large. i also would like to give -- matt, if you can come back up real quick. supervisor mar raised a question about the particular it s -- particulates and if this is the help the area to build such a center addressing health issues among the most vulnerable youth. could you talk about the planning department examination? >> the planning department, in our analysis under ceqa, they looked at the, sort of the land use changes generally, and found that there was no impacts under
ceqa that this subject, the land uses, with impact. with the understanding that any specific project that came before the department may be further ceqa review. and what was before them under this review was the legislation for land use and the zoning change. supervisor mar: i know that the doctor mentioned that it is is successful area for many youths from the southeast of the city. so that location is a critical one for the clinic as well. that is in the balancing act of the potential negatives of being in an industrial area for a health clinic, but being buried sensible to families in the area. supervisor cohen: ok, we may begin public comment. the first card is ms. jackson. second speaker will be francisco da costa. and the third --
supervisor mar: we're going to limit it to two minutes per person. supervisor cohen: then it ruben santana. and then eric smith. >> thank you, supervisors piteously from bayview-interest point. too bad you have given me two minutes. this is a toxic area there. there is no bus stops there. there have been groups that want to build their across the street for many years, and we have opposed because of the sewage plant. there has not been in eir dun, environmental impact than in that area. when i tried to talk to about a month ago, to meet with you, i wanted to explain to you because i heard this was coming up, and wanted you to know about that area. i have lived there since 1948, so i know the community. i know what has been there over the years. this -- that is the most toxic
areas. they have all the tracks running through there. there are other businesses based there. you might not even find a parking spot if you go to the meat company over there, because there's no parking. i do not understand why people always want, that do not know the committee, will not call for a community meeting, and have the community involved to see what they have to say about their children. that is not a good area for you to talk about having children, even adults, going into because -- are you going to have air monitors over there? there is a terrible wind tunnel over there. it even comes up -- toxins come from oakland in other areas. [bell rings] when i looked about this meeting today, then i saw for your board meeting tomorrow, this item,
number 26, it shows you passing on this today and not really having a community input. that is sad, really said. thank you. [applause] supervisor mar: next speaker. >> supervisors, have been the director of environmental justice advocacy for 35 years. in all my 35 years, especially in the last 15 years, i have fought for our children off. i have heard some stickers, so- called policy people, come here and make statements, but i have never seen them in the community. i have seen one doctor who has recently come, they be in the last three or four years, attending some of our town hall meetings, but she did not
support us against glenarden -- lennar, who has been instrumental in killing our children slowly and instrumental in killing our elders. so if somebody wants to put in the center, and somebody wants to do something like this, there are the areas. not one meeting was held in the public. and when i spoke here on monday and some people jump on me, that i got calls from various people saying, how come they do this? we have people sitting here in this room, not in the audience but on the other side, who always say they want to be transparent, but they are not transparent. so, chair person eric mar, i have known you for a long time, and i have always admired you when you stood for the rights, and you did support our community. [bell rings] ahmadinejad in this case, we
cannot take our children to this area. there are millions of vehicles spots. millions of vehicles next to the tracks. single mothers cannot get easy access to this space. we can find another place, but not this place. and you should do the right thing. thank you very much. he>> commissioners, director of san francisco open government. i believe in need to pull this from the agenda based on the fact that it is not properly legendize. san francisco sunshine ordinance says a policy bodyshell posed an agenda containing a meaningful description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting. it goes on to say that the description is meaningful if it is sufficiently clear and sufficient to alert a person of average intelligence and education whose interests are
affected by the item that he or she may have reason to attend the meeting or seek more information on the item. i would say, by listening to the two prior speakers, that that was not done. also, if you go to your web site and you look at the maps that you're giving, which i saw the hand out to you, but of course none of the members of public, this is what you see on your web site. alabama is a member of the public going to look at that and tell anything about what is going on in this project? there is another matter that they gave. you cannot read any of the legends could you cannot tell what the heck is going on there. i think what people raised here are legitimate. i will be frank, this body was found in violation by the center and ordered its task force, all three of you, for europe mishandling of the parkmerced matters. denying public comment, denying meaningful public comment. the bayview area is a traditionally, historically,
underserved area. it is also the home to a very, very different areas. [bell rings] i was in the u.s. navy for 12 years and at the vallejo naval shipyard for two years. i was at hunters point on the ship and saw the kind of things that the discharge into the water, and i know the kind of things the navy does and the cleanup these messes. and sometimes it cannot do very good job. all the complaints being listed here, i think would be done at 10 times over if these are publicly held meetings and aggrandized so that the members of the public would really understand that their interests are being impacted bu. supervisor cohen: thank you peter to the city attorney, was this item properly engine dies? >> today's meeting? supervisor cohen: yes. >> the clerk, i believe, posted the notice. supervisor cohen: is there room for discrepancy as to whether or not it has been properly
noticed? >> as long as the clerk posted where she was required to do and send it to the appropriate people -- i did not do that activity, so i would need to defer to her. and it has been noticed supervisor mar: the description under item number three about what this ordinance is is very clear to me. regas three specific things that it does get to the clear enough to me, and i think a reasonable person would understand what the issue was. i think that is what he meant was not clear for him. but i think a reasonable person, in my opinion, would understand what this issue is. supervisor cohen: ok. is r sinceu bannon hereb? en ok, and after eric. >> good afternoon, and thank you for the opportunity. first, let me say that i really admire the work that the doctor is doing, and ms. albright.
thank you to supervisor cohen, we did meet with them and members of the industrial community. we still had some concerns. we appreciate the compromise that was made with the 7000 square feet. we think that is important. in some of the folks in the committee have issues, as you have heard. and issues moving forward about the zoning of this parcel, hypothetically, after they are gone, with the industrial uses. i would like to show you one or two pictures, if i may. i heard the doctor from the department of public health. i do not know if they have ever come out there to see what we do other. i represent the san francisco railroad. these are a couple things we have a dress with your office and with the port and dr. burke and ms. albright. as you can see here, we get a locomotive from union pacific,